Dallas firefighter allegedly faked his family’s Covid-19 diagnoses and took paid leave to go to a resort

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By Ashley Killough and Amir Vera, CNN

A Dallas firefighter was charged with theft aft allegedly taking paid permission for astir a period portion lying astir investigating affirmative for Covid-19.

William Jordan Carter, 38, who’s been with the Dallas Fire-Rescue Department for 14 years, was arrested Friday, and bail was acceptable astatine $1,500, according to tribunal records. He was nary longer successful custody arsenic of Wednesday.

Carter requested clip disconnected connected March 24 due to the fact that his woman had Covid-19, according to an affidavit for his apprehension warrant. A week later, helium requested different week, saying his girl had tested affirmative for the virus. Two days earlier helium was acceptable to instrumentality to work, Carter reported to the section helium was sick and had tested affirmative for Covid, the affidavit says.

The occurrence section has a argumentation of recommending archetypal responders enactment location if they trial affirmative oregon if idiosyncratic they lived with tested positive.

When Deputy Chief Lauren Johnson asked Carter to supply a transcript of his trial results, helium told Johnson helium hadn’t been tested but thought helium had the virus, the affidavit states. Carter besides failed to supply documentation of his family’s trial results. The lawman main asked Carter wherefore helium made up the mendacious claims.

“Greed, I guess,” Carter responded, according to the affidavit.

It is unclear whether Carter has an lawyer and CNN’s attempts to scope him were unsuccessful Wednesday night.

Bank records successful the affidavit amusement Carter made respective purchases successful Central Texas successful mid-April during his clip off, including astir $1,400 astatine Kalahari Resort, a ample indoor h2o parkland and edifice successful Round Rock, Texas, astir 180 miles southbound of Dallas.

Court documents authorities that Carter received $12,548.86 successful 3 abstracted payrolls implicit the people of his leave. His Covid-19 permission was funded by a postulation of taxation dollars, income taxes and fines, according to the affidavit.

“Suspect Carter unlawfully appropriated money, with the intent to deprive the City of Dallas, by intentionally deceiving his concatenation of bid by creating a mendacious content of information that affected their judgement successful the transaction of approving his payroll coded for COVID-19 leave: thereby committing Theft,” the affidavit stated.

During Carter’s leave, helium received regular check-ins from the occurrence section arsenic portion of its regular show program, successful lawsuit the employee’s information worsens portion connected leave. He was contacted by substance oregon telephone telephone each day, and a regular study of his clip disconnected was submitted to a nationalist integrity unit, according to the affidavit.

Jason Evans, a spokesperson for Dallas Fire-Rescue, confirmed that Carter is connected paid administrative permission portion an interior probe is underway.

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